64 bit or 32 bit openSuse

I am going to be upgrading my installation to 12.1. However I am confused about which arch to choose 32bit or 64bit. My daily usage is like this:

  1. Web surfing with Firefox and Chrome with Flash, Java plugins

  2. Audio, video playbacks usin KDE, Amarok, VLC and mplayer.

  3. Editing files using emacs, open office.

  4. Running some windows only programs using Wine.

  5. Connecting to remote server over network using ssh, sftp, vnc, telnet etc.

  6. Development using netbeans, eclipse, python, gcc

Please tell about the hardware and software issues that might happen when using 64bit openSuse.

I think you can install 64bit Linux. Most software is available vor 64bit.

There only 3 programs I can think of:

Flash: It’s now also available for 64 bit (not tryed it yet), but you can
also run the 32 bit version.

Skype: There is only a 32 bit version available, but works fine with some
additional 32 bit libraries.

Wine: Same as skype.

I run a 64 bit system for some years know, and I’m very happy :wink:

On Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:16:02 GMT
xolve <xolve@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

>
> I am going to be upgrading my installation to 12.1. However I am
> confused about which arch to choose 32bit or 64bit. My daily usage is
> like this:
>
> 1. Web surfing with Firefox and Chrome with Flash, Java plugins

There used to be a problem with Java on x64 when I tried it a few years
ago but it’s OK now.

>
> 2. Audio, video playbacks usin KDE, Amarok, VLC and mplayer.

I find it makes no difference whether I use x64 or x32, I often have
trouble with sound. Sometimes it doesn’t work or, more confusingly, I
get a pop-up message saying it’s not working whilst sound is blaring
through the speakers. My hardware seems to get the system confused.

Apart from that, I get no trouble.

>
> 3. Editing files using emacs, open office.

No bother with Libre Office. Not used emacs.

Can’t help with 4, 5, 6.

>
> Please tell about the hardware and software issues that might happen
> when using 64bit openSuse.
>

Earlier this year, I had a little bother with nVidia driver (at least
I think that’s what it was) on x32 which went away when I switched to
x64.

I did have a problem with Thunderbird’s Lightning plug-in which they
only provided as 32-bit and I had to hunt for a 64-bit version. The
64-bit version of TB was, according to Mozilla, provided by openSUSE
and their response was basically “not our problem.” There seems to be
no trouble with that now as the plug-in gets updated automatically.

On the whole, x64 seems to be working better for me than x32 but that
may only be true for my hardware. All I can say is “suck it and see.”


Graham Davis, Bracknell, Berks.
openSUSE 11.4 (64-bit); KDE 4.7.3; AMD Phenom II X2 550 Processor;
Video: nVidia GeForce 210 (using nVidia driver);
Sound: ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA); Wireless: BCM4306

Go with 64 bit.

I have been testing the preleased versions of 12.1 with both 32 bit and 64 bit. On one of my computers (the one with 6G of memory), the desktop kernel won’t load. I am forced to use the default kernel, and as a result I can only access around 3G of that memory.

On my other 64 bit system, the desktop kernel loads without problems. But it only has 2G, so I’m not sure if the problem is with needing the PAE functionality, or something else specific to the processor.

64 bit works well. Go with it. If you have an important 32 bit application, you can install whatever 32 bit libraries that it needs (if they are not already installed).

it depends how many ram you have if you have 4 gm of ram you can easy use 64-bit but if your ram is smaller i would stick with 32 bit

On Wed, 16 Nov 2011 12:56:03 +0000, mitjamakuc wrote:

> it depends how many ram you have if you have 4 gm of ram you can easy
> use 64-bit but if your ram is smaller i would stick with 32 bit

These days, I wouldn’t do this - if it’s a 64-bit system, I’d go with 64-
bit openSUSE. You end up eating a little more disk space for
compatibility libraries for 32-bit apps, but it’s not that much space
(and disk space is cheap, generally).

Jim


Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator
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On Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:16:02 GMT, xolve <xolve@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org>
wrote:

>
>I am going to be upgrading my installation to 12.1. However I am
>confused about which arch to choose 32bit or 64bit. My daily usage is
>like this:
>
>1. Web surfing with Firefox and Chrome with Flash, Java plugins

No difference for me, connection speed limited.
>
>2. Audio, video playbacks usin KDE, Amarok, VLC and mplayer.

About the same between 32 and 64 bit
>
>3. Editing files using emacs, open office.

Sometimes OO seems a bit more responsive for 64 bit, then again it may
just be prejudice on my part.
>
>4. Running some windows only programs using Wine.

Wine, so far, is only 32 bit. You may have to have some 32 bit libraries,
no big.
>
>5. Connecting to remote server over network using ssh, sftp, vnc,
>telnet etc.

I have 32 bit and 64 bit machines talking to each other over these (except
telnet - it is insecure) and nfs (and cifs sometimes).
>
>6. Development using netbeans, eclipse, python, gcc

I don’t do much development, but compiles should be very slightly faster
on 64 bit.
>
>Please tell about the hardware and software issues that might happen
>when using 64bit openSuse.

Almost all related to strange hardware and 32 bit vs 64 bit doesn’t seem
to make much difference now.

?-)

Thank you all for the replies. I am going for the 64 bit version for my computer :slight_smile:

i think that 32-bit supports much more software then 64 bit

On Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:16:03 +0530, mitjamakuc
<mitjamakuc@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

>
> i think that 32-bit supports much more software then 64 bit
>

you can think whatever you like, of course. but look at the repos or
http://software.opensuse.org, and you’ll find that almost everything is
available in 64bit versions these days. just a few often-used app.s like
skype aren’t.


phani.

For those who want latest Firefox the official 64-bit builds are also available on: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/